East Coast Bays Summer Sevens
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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
A team scoring four goals at home is usually the winner, except when you put two of them in your own net. That’s what happened at Keith Hay Park where an error-ridden game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Although overcast, the rain stayed away, and both sides were quickly into attack. A Dan Morgan cross was cleared off the line by the Three Kings defence in the fourth minute of play and a minute later, Blair Konic missed an easy chance when he hit the side netting.
Play surged from end to end, with some good moves from both sides ruined by poor final touches. Indeed so many were the mistakes from both teams that I thought the pitch might have been to blame, only to be informed after the game that it was pristine and the players were at fault.
A 24th minute corner won by Three Kings was taken by Luiz Del Monted. The inswinger saw Bys defenders look at each other as the ball sailed past them and into the net, opening the scoring for the home side.
The remainder of the half was to and fro with chances wasted by both teams.
Bays were first to apply pressure at the start of the second half, with Glen Forrest having his cross cut out by the keeper.
A masterful clearance by Jack Beguely prevented Konic from breaking clear and Milos Nikolic then saw his header pass just wide of the upright.
Once again, both sides were giving away the ball unnecessarily with some woeful passing.
Nikolic had another header saved by the keeper and Aidan Gwilt denied Del Monte at the other end.
Then in the 66th minute Jason McKeown made a run down the left flank, crossed the ball and under pressure from the Bays attack, the Three Kings defence turned the ball into their own net and the scores were level.
A Nikolic free kick was parried by the keeper and cleared, then Three Kings broke, Konic received a superb pass that left him clear and he made no mistake from close range, giving Gwilt no chance.
They held the lead for seven minutes until a Jeff Campbell free kick to the far post was headed back across the goal and the Three Kings defence put the ball into their own net for the second time.
The final ten minutes saw both sides strive for the winner. Del Monte put a free kick over the bar, Beguely cleared another attack, and Gwilt cut out a corner. At the Three Kings end the keeper just managed to get to a Campbell free kick and keep the ball out of the net.
Probably a fair result but far too many errors by both teams to class it as a good game.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Beguely, Zoghby, Solomons (Pilkington 63), Bresnahan, Campbell, McKeown, Peat (Kenyon 63), Nikolic, Morgan
Scorers: own goals 66, 80